What Is the Treatment for Discitis?
The treatment of discitis often depends on the patient’s age and the cause of the infection. Discitis is a condition that is known for being difficult to treat.
Spinal discs do not often have a strong blood supply. This makes it challenging for the immune cells in the body to reach and heal the infection if bacteria is there.
In addition, there is no surgical procedure that can treat discitis.
Antibiotic treatment does not easily treat discitis. This is because antibiotics travel through the bloodstream and do not easily reach the infected spinal discs.
A very long course of antibiotic treatment is needed to treat discitis, and often this antibiotic therapy lasts six to eight weeks.
Unfortunately, this prolonged treatment can often lead to depression which is another side effect of the condition.
Most of the treatment used for discitis eliminates infection and relieves pain.